Sunday, 28-November-2021 17:38:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg
If the lack of IO on your Raspberry Pi is getting you down, a new Seaberry Mini-ITX board might be the solution. And the Seaberry needs all that room, to jam in all the ports! I tested an Intel i350 dual-gigabit LAN card, a Dual-TPU Coral M.2 Accelerator, a KIOXIA XG6 M.2 NVMe SSD, a Compex WLE200NX 802.11n WiFi card, an Intel AX210 WiFi 6E card, a dual SATA controller, and more—and everything worked (more or less...) That blog post is by Jeff Geerling, and I've been enjoying his YouTube channel lately as well. You can read my review of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B here.
NASA are going all Deep Impact, launching a spacecraft to test defending Earth from asteroids. The spacecraft will intercept the Didymos system between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, 2022, intentionally slamming into Dimorphos at roughly 4 miles per second (6 kilometers per second). Scientists estimate the kinetic impact will shorten Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos by several minutes. Researchers will precisely measure that change using telescopes on Earth. Their results will validate and improve scientific computer models critical to predicting the effectiveness of the kinetic impact as a reliable method for asteroid deflection.
The Top500 Supercomputer rankings have been updated, with Japan's Fugaku at the top, and 3x as fast as second place. Installed at the Riken Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan, it was co-developed by Riken and Fujitsu and is based on Fujitsu’s custom ARM A64FX processor. Fugaku also uses Fujitsu’s Tofu D interconnect to transfer data between nodes. In single or further-reduced precision, which are often used in machine learning and A.I. application, Fugaku has a peak performance above 1,000 PFlop/s (1 Exaflop/s). As a result, Fugaku is often introduced as the first “Exascale” supercomputer. Interestingly they note there may be unranked Chinese supercomputers that are even faster.
HotHardware have a MacBook Pro 14, and are testing Apple's M1 Pro performance claims. Sure, the 24" iMac got a redesign, but it had the same M1 silicon as the smaller MacBooks and the Mac mini at the time, which was nothing new. With each passing month, there were rumors, but no new product announcements. Would Apple's planned obsolescence of its Intel-based x86 Macs be delayed? It took a full year, but we finally got there. Now Apple's new 14" and 16" MacBook Pros are available, and they're bearing gifts for the holidays with new M1 Pro and M1 Max power plants under their hoods.
Collins Dictionary have chosen NFT, or Non-Fungible Token as their word of the year for 2021. Now, dictionary-maker Collins has picked NFT as its "word of the year" for 2021, mostly because people are making SRS $$$ from the blockchain-based tech. One of those people is of course the artist who goes by "Beeple"; his collection of 5,000+ everyday digital art pieces went for $69 million earlier this year, which every subsequent article on NFTs has been required to mention. This sale made Beeple one of the best-paid artists on earth. You crazy kids. I have to say, I pretty much live and breathe tech, and I still don't really get the point of NFTs.
Trizae sent word that The PC has won the Golden Joystick Award for Ultimate Hardware of All Time, and in this video, Gabe Newell of Steam fame gives an acceptance speech.
|Sunday Afternoon Reviews
Sunday, 28-November-2021 17:06:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
7Hz Timeless In-Ear Monitors Review - All Aboard the Hype Train! on TechPowerUp.
1MORE ComfoBuds Z True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
IKKO Zerda ITM01 Portable DAC/Amp + ITM-IKKOFFL Magnetic Upgraded Cable on TechPowerUp.
DDR5 Memory Performance Scaling with Alder Lake Core i9-12900K on TechPowerUp.
Core i9 12900K (DDR4 3600 vs DDR5 5200 performance) on Guru3D.
Acer Predator Talos 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Moon Key Artisan Keyboard Wrist Rests and Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X15 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Western Digital 4TB WD Red SN700 SSD on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Torrent Black RGB TG on Guru3D.
XPG Defender on TechPowerUp.
Chieftronic SteelPower 750W PSU on TechPowerUp.
RDNA2 For Workstation: AMD Radeon Pro W6600 & W6800 video cards on TechGage.
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Friday again! Can't believe it's less than a month to Xmas. Anyway, there's quite a fun Geoguessing Game going on in the forums. But in the meantime..
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 24-November-2021 00:24:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-12900K E-Cores Only Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
AORUS X570S Master Motherboard on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Light Wings 120 mm PWM High-Speed Fan on TechPowerUp.
Corsair H150i Elite LCD liquid cooler on Guru3D.
be quiet! Light Wings ARGB Fans on ThinkComputers.
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Riing Trio 12 RGB White Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 Review: A Powerful Refresh on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 17 laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
teenage engineering computer–1 case on TechPowerUp.
Sharkoon Elite Shark CA700 Gaming Chassis on FunkyKit.
XPG Cruiser super mid-tower on TechPowerUp.
Lian Li Q58 X4 PCIe 4.0 Edition on OCInside.
Seasonic SYNCRO Q704 + Connect on Guru3D.
InWin Airforce on TechPowerUp.
ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-5200 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Neo Forza FAYE 16GB DDR4 5000MHz CL19 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox on Tweaktown.
Kingston XS2000 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
KIOXIA EXCERIA High-Endurance microSD 256GB Card on MadShrimps.
Kingston KC3000 2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD on FunkyKit.
Kingston KC3000 Review - Faster Than Samsung 980 Pro on TechPowerUp.
Asustor Drivestor 4 AS1104T 4-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
TeamGroup Delta MAX RGB 1TB SATA SSD on FunkyKit.
Kingston KC3000 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Western Digital 1TB WD Blue SN570 SSD on Tweaktown.
RAZER Kraken V3 HyperSense Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Wemax Go Portable ALPD Projector on TechPowerUp.
SeeAudio Bravery In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Wemax Nova Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector on TechPowerUp.
NZXT Capsule Microphone on Tweaktown.
HIFIMAN Arya (2021 Stealth Magnets) + Apos Flow Cable on TechPowerUp.
Gryphon AX Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.
EnGenius ECS2512FP Multi-Gigabit Switch on Modders-Inc.
ROCCAT Sense Core, CTRL, Pro Mousing Surfaces on APHNetworks.
Building a Keyboard 8: Akko Acrylic Gasket Mount Kit, ASA Low Profile Keycaps, CS Sponge on TechPowerUp.
Glorious Model D Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL keyboard on Vortez.
Liectroux i5 Pro Smart Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 Eagle video card on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: FlexiSpot EQ3 Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Ion+ 2 Platinum 860W PSU on Guru3D.
|Team Group T-Force Vulcan G 1TB SSD
Sunday, 21-November-2021 01:29:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I've taken a quick look at a 2.5" SATA SSD from Team Group. I have previously said that I didn't think I'd be reviewing any more 2.5" SATA SSDs as the market seems to be moving to NVMe drives wherever possible. So, the question is, does this one bring anything new to the table?
Click for the review!
Friday again - thanks to Simon and RnR this week!
Friday, 19-November-2021 00:58:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg
SpaceX launched another 53 Starlink satellites earlier this week - you can watch the launch replay here. I wouldn't normally mention it, but this was the first launch I watched via my Starlink internet connection at home - slightly surreal. You can read my Starlink review in the forums, or the more general Starlink thread here.
Meanwhile a company called SpinLaunch is basically yeeting things into orbit, to quote my 14yo, probably. There's a video here. It feels like an April Fools prank but is apparently real. The Long Beach, California-based company is developing a launch system that uses kinetic energy as its primary method to get off the ground – with a vacuum-sealed centrifuge spinning the rocket at several times the speed of sound before releasing. Only sub-orbital flights so far at 20% the max power of the centrifuge.
NSW are phasing out single-use plastic next year. The ban applies to single-use plastic straws*, stirrers and swizzle sticks, and cutlery, including forks, spoons, knives, sporks, splayds, chopsticks, and food picks. Also, The ban applies to single-use plastic cotton buds and rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads, such as face and body cleansers, exfoliants and masks, shampoo, conditioner and hair dyes, and toothpaste. Wait what, cotton buds? Nooo, my precious (and very clean) ears..
OCClub have a GPU thermal trends experiment. As that implies, I have collected data across multiple GPUs, and in the case of NVIDIA, across multiple generations. While the general concept of each GPU's performance is certainly interesting, there is something else I wish to examine here, because it is something these scripts will capture; boost behavior. In the previous article with these scripts, we could see how the behavior for frequency and power both changed with time. I found it interesting to see the differences between the boosting of the RTX 2060 and RX Vega 64, and with this article we can see the differences between the GTX 770, GTX 980, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and RTX 2080 as well as the two previously mentioned cards.
It's 2021 and people are racing flying cars, thanks von Stalhein. The large drone-like aircraft flew faster than 100 kilometres per hour 10 metres above the ground during the trial by Airspeeder near the Flinders Ranges last month. Airspeeder and aircraft manufacturer Alauda Aeronautics are hoping the vehicles will eventually be able to carry on-board pilots, but they were flown by remote control for the 400-metre drag race. Hmm, not sure what makes them cars and not drones. The (future) pilots, I guess.
Apple have announced self-service repair, which seems like a big deal. Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips, Self Service Repair will be available early next year in the US and expand to additional countries throughout 2022. Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals. Discussion in this thread.
|Tuesday Night Reviews
Tuesday, 16-November-2021 23:42:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z690 Unify Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiF video review by OCClub.
Windows 10 & Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
BIOSTAR Z590 Valkyrie Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte X570S AORUS Master Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Intel Core i5-12600K "Alder Lake" CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9-12900K and i5-12600K Adler Lake on LanOC.
Fractal Design Lumen S28 RGB (LCS) on Guru3D.
Thermaltake ToughFan 12 Racing Green and Turquoise on OCInside.
Sabinetek SmartMike+ Wireless Bluetooth Microphone on FunkyKit.
TinHiFi T2 Evo In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Grandview Dynamique DY3 ALR Screen on TechPowerUp.
HyperX Quadcast S Microphone Review: A Beauty & A Beast on Tweaktown.
Ovidius RX-100 (Qin Armour) In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Scope NX TKL Moonlight White Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Ajazz AC064 Mechanical Keyboard Review - 64-keys, 65% Form Factor on TechPowerUp.
Crucial P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe on Guru3D.
Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q 4TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB SSD Review and Giveaway on OCInside.
Crucial P5 Plus 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Cigent Secure SSD K2 960GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
WD Red SN500 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
KIOXIA TransMemory U301 USB 3.2 Gen1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
Corsair Vengeance DDR5-5200 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
DDR4 vs DDR5 on Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake on TechPowerUp.
Building a Keyboard 7: Kailh Master Switches, GK108 kit, Silicone + PBT Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X20 mouse on TechPowerUp.
InWin Explorer on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone SETA Q1 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master NR200P ITX case on TechPowerUp.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Apple M1 Pro Review: Is it really faster than Intel/AMD? on TechSpot.
Dell XPS 15 9510 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
ECS LIVA Q3 Plus Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 Review: Refined Mobile Workstation on HotHardware.
Green Cell Power Proof 2000VA UPS on NikKTech.
NZXT C850 Gold Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Jackery Solar Generator 1000 on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone ET500-ARGB 500W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
DJI Mavic 3 Review: Did The Best Drone Get Even Better? on HotHardware.
Call of Duty: Vanguard: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
AVM FRITZ!DECT 200 & 210 Smart Plugs on NikKTech.
Thanks to mr bill and mpot this week!
Monday, 8-November-2021 00:49:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Time to catch up on some more cool projects from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on is to hit the New Posts link.
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 7-November-2021 23:39:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Sabrent Rocket Q 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Kingston XS2000 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
TeamGroup 512GB EX2 Elite SSD on BabelTechReviews.
Lexar Play MicroSDXC 512GB on LanOC.
Kioxia Exceria 1 TB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Akasa AK-ENU3M2-07 M.2 Enclosure on TechPowerUp.
Asustor AS1104T NAS on Guru3D.
Kingston KC3000 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P5 Plus Gen4 NVMe on ThinkComputers.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PS5 SSD Temperature & Speed Test Analysis on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MM831 mouse on NeoSeeker.
Quick Look: Jelly Key Retro TV + Dragons of Eden Artisan Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Shanling BA1 Desktop Bluetooth Receiver on TechPowerUp.
XGIMI Aura Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector on TechPowerUp.
Movo UM300 portable desktop USB-C microphone on NeoSeeker.
TCL C825 TV Review: 55-inch 4K 120Hz HDMI 2.1 + Mini LED Technology on Tweaktown.
MOONDROP Aria (2021) In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
LG UltraGear GP9 Review: Bluetooth Gaming Soundbar With Grunt, Lacks Grace on HotHardware.
VIOTEK Reaper RFI25CBA Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
Bose Companion 50 Multimedia Speaker System on NikKTech.
Gigabyte M32U Review - Finally a Reasonably Priced 4K Gaming Monitor on TechPowerUp.
Crucial Ballistix Max 16GB DDR4 2x 8GB DDR4-4400 RAM on OCInside.
Lexar Hades RGB DDR4 32GB 3600MHz Kit on LanOC.
ZADAK SPARK RGB 16GB DDR4 4266MHz CL19 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper Elite II 64GB (2x32GB) C20 DDR4 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
ADATA Spectrix D50 ROG Certified 16GB DDR4-3600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Falcon Northwest Talon (2021) Review: Alder Lake Takes Flight on HotHardware.
SFF Gaming PC + RTX 3090: SilverStone FARA V1 M PRO on Tweaktown.
Venom Zero 15 Phantom on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Alienware m15 R6 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Thermaltake Divider 300 TG Air on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Core P6 TG Snow on APHNetworks.
Sharkoon ELITE SHARK CA700 on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake The Tower 100 Racing Green Case on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Core P6 TG Case on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L V2 Computer Case on APHNetworks.
noblechairs ICON TX Fabric Chair on TechPowerUp.
SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 6600 video card on Tweaktown.
Windows 11 Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Thanks to Axe and mpot this week! First week since regional restrictions were lifted in NSW so I can play hockey etc again.. starting to feel like maaaybbeee we're getting back to some kind of normal.
|Intel "Alder Lake" Reviews
Friday, 5-November-2021 00:53:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A whole pile of Alder Lake reviews just arrived in the newsbox - is that an NDA I hear lifting? This is Intel's new 12th-generation "Core" CPU architecture, and from a quick skim of the reviews, first impressions are very good.
Intel Core i9-12900K Review - Fighting for the Performance Crown on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i7-12700K Review - Almost as Fast as the i9-12900K on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i5-12600K Review - Winning Price/Performance on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i9-12900K and Core i5-12600K on Vortez.
Intel Core i9-12900K "Alder Lake" CPU Review on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9-12900K Review: Alder Lake Arrives on TechSpot.
Intel Core i5 12600K / Core i9 12900K "Alder Lake" Linux Performance on Phoronix.
Intel 12th Gen Core Alder Lake Performance Review: Chipzilla Is Back on HotHardware.
Intel Core i9-12900K CPU Review on PCTestBench.
Intel Core i9 12900K and Core i5 12600K review: storm's here on EuroGamer.
Core i9 12900K review on Guru3D.
Core i5 12600K processor review on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5 12600K and Core i9 12900K With ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero on OC3D.
86 Motherboards Compared for Intel Z690 Alder Lake on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero Review on TechPowerUp.
Alienware Aurora R13 Review: Alder Lake Invades Dell's Gorgeous Revamped Gaming PC on HotHardware.
Discussion continues in this thread.
|Retro Gaming November 2021
Thursday, 4-November-2021 00:30:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg
This month's "Retro Let's Play" is Bruce Lee from 1984. You can play this one in your browser! The aim of the game is to reach and defeat the wizard in an underground lair to bring wealth and immortality. In each area you collect the lanterns and fight the Ninja and Sumo Yamo, who keep coming back for more. There are lots of hazards to avoid, walls of electrical charge and exploding items... great platform action.
click for the thread!
Or maybe racing is more your style - this month's Retro Racing game is Wave Race Blue Storm from 2001. Wave Race incorporates several modes of play, a variety of racers, customization options, and courses. Players can race in four tournament cup series, time attack mode, stunt mode, or take in the eye-poppingly beautiful graphics in Free Roam mode. Multiplay is supported in Stunt and Race modes. There are a total of eight racers to choose from, each with a different balance in engine and handling. Customization is limited, but players can change the color of their racer, optimize the engine for either acceleration or speed, and optimize handling to be either tight or loose. However, settings have little effect on the racer's actual performance.
click for the thread!
Wednesday, 3-November-2021 00:26:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Facebook's parent company is changing its name to Meta, which is about as interesting as when Google's parent company became Alphabet, but thanks to a mis-spent youth reading Philip K. Dick, William Gibson and early Neal Stephenson novels I do find the idea of the "metaverse" intriguing - there's an interview with FB's main Meta guy here on TheVerge. There’s going to be way more to do in the metaverse, especially when you can instantaneously travel to any of the many cities that we kind of imagine ultimately populating the place. You’ll definitely need to have services that help you with what’s new, what’s hot, what’s trending, and what’s going on. Hmm, come to think of it, I'm not sure if I want FB in charge of my future cyberspace hangout.
Meanwhile there's a company in New Zealand making people for the Metaverse. When we think of the metaverse, popularly depicted as a game-like virtual environment where humans use avatars to live, work, and play, we’re often the main characters. But it’s Soul Machines which will be filling the metaverse with what co-founder Greg Cross refers to as a “digital workforce” — a stream of bespoke Sams who will form the equivalent of NPCs in nascent digital worlds, as well as extensions of ourselves.
TechPowerUp have a 50-game megabench between the GeForce RTX 3080 and Radeon RX 6800 XT. In this article, we have tested 50 games on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT to conclusively determine which card offers better performance. Our RTX 3080 vs. RX 6800 XT performance testing has results at 1080p Full HD, 1440p, and 4K Ultra HD.
MSI have some interesting thoughts on cooling Alder Lake CPUs. According to MSI, it will be more important than ever to select the right cooler for Intel's new Alder Lake CPUs, and to make sure it is being mounted correctly. The reason? In short, the hotspots on different Alder Lake CPUs could be located in slightly different areas due to the hybrid makeup of the chip, and whether you select one with both Golden Cove and Gracemont cores, or just Golden Cove cores underneath the hood.
I don't have a flying car yet, but maybe I can have a flying bike? Upon close inspection, you’ll see it uses six blades to lift off and navigate — with two larger blades, front and back, and two on each side. It promises to fly for 40 minutes at up to 100-km/hour. Or this thing (video) which also looks fun, thanks alch.
HotHardware report on some overclocking world records. In Geekbench 5, Intel's own Core i9-11900K held the single-core record with 2,309 points, while AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X owned the multi-core (16-core) record at 20,929 points. So the Core i9-12900K broke the single-core record by 18.7 percent, and the multi-core (16-core) record by a staggering 27.3 percent.
That was at an Intel event, and HotHardware also report on some Moore's Law comments from that event. "We are entering a period of sustained, if not Super Moore's Law. We expected to even bend the curve faster than a doubling every two years, and we will not rest until the periodic table is exhausted. We as the stewards of Moore's Law will be relentless in our path to innovate and the magic of silicon. Like I said, Moore's Law is alive very well," Gelsinger said.
I missed the 20th birthday of the iPod recently, thanks IntelInside. More detail on its evolution here. Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPod on October 23, 2001 at a small press event at Apple's former Infinite Loop headquarters. Jobs famously pitched the iPod as offering "1,000 songs in your pocket" and compared the device's "ultra-portable" size to a standard deck of cards, which was impressive at the time.
Anandtech meanwhile looked into Apple's new silicon. Last week, Apple had unveiled their new generation MacBook Pro laptop series, a new range of flagship devices that bring with them significant updates to the company’s professional and power-user oriented user-base. The new devices particularly differentiate themselves in that they’re now powered by two new additional entries in Apple’s own silicon line-up, the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. We’ve covered the initial reveal in last week’s overview article of the two new chips, and today we’re getting the first glimpses of the performance we’re expected to see off the new silicon.
Here's a nostalgic look back at the age of BRB and TTFN. I thought about the last time I’d actually typed ttfn. I imagine it was at least 18 years ago, on my family’s Gateway desktop during the era of dial-up AOL. And then I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I said “g2g,” or even “bye,” in an online conversation. I asked some friends in a group chat if they ever say goodbye when chatting digitally. “They never really have a beginning. Do they also not have an end?” said my friend Dan. Another friend, Mitch, chimed in with a diagnosis: “It’s because we never go offline anymore.”
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